- The definition of obstinate is extremely stubborn and determined to have your own way.
An example of obstinate is a person who drives during a severe hurricane despite major warnings not to do so.
- unreasonably determined to have one's own way; not yielding to reason or plea; stubborn; dogged; mulish
- resisting remedy or treatment: an obstinate fever
- not easily subdued, ended, etc.
Origin: Middle English from Classical Latin obstinatus, past participle of obstinare, to resolve on from obstare, to stand against, oppose from ob- (see ob-) plush stare, to stand
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- Stubbornly adhering to an attitude, opinion, or course of action; obdurate.
- Difficult to manage, control, or subdue; refractory.
- Difficult to alleviate or cure: an obstinate headache.
Origin: Middle English obstinat, from Latin obstinātus, past participle of obstināre, to persist; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
- obˈsti·nate·ly adverb
- obˈsti·nate·ness noun
obstinate - Medical Definition
- Stubbornly adhering to an attitude, opinion, or course of action.
- Difficult to alleviate or cure.